The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Valuing Yourself, Pricing Your Business

Pricing strategy — it’s not all just about the numbers. That might seem hard to believe, but it’s true. It’s as much about how you value yourself and your business. Okay, so you have to get the numbers right, but if you don’t have a true, confident appreciation of your own value, you can get […]

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Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.

I write this at the beginning of August.  Two – three weeks until Josie, my 16-year-old daughter gets her GCSE results and all the possible angst that goes with it. When you read this, she’ll know those results, as will I.  We’ve had a great chat about it.  About what happens if she doesn’t get […]

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Why the VAT Barrier Isn’t a Barrier

£85 000 — that’s the value added tax (VAT) threshold. Earn anything below that annually and you don’t have to register for the tax. If you’re starting out, £85 000 might seem a long way away… unachievable, even. It isn’t. Maybe you just don’t want to charge it. Maybe you’re waiting to cross the VAT […]

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The Power Is In You: Leading as an Introvert

Anyone who wants to run a business has got to be an extrovert, right? They’re natural born leaders. Outgoing. Talkative. Sociable. Not afraid to be the centre of attention. At least, that’s what a lot of people think and is what they expect of an entrepreneur. Introverts, however, are a different personality type completely. Quiet. […]

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Outsource and Make Life Easy For Yourself

When you start a business, one of the first things you’ll think about is who you’re going to employ for it to be a success. You interview people for various roles. That takes time and effort. Then you’ve got to monitor them once they’re in the role and check they’re the best fit for the […]

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Fight your fears: let your training take over

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the sport that we are surrounded with.  Given my background it’s not surprising that I feel this way and I do enjoy getting caught up in the excitement and passion of the various competition that are taking place.  We’ve got the (women’s) football […]

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The Heat Is On: How to Cope With Pressure

This heatwave has got me thinking about how we cope under pressure. It’s not very pleasant working in this heat (unless you’re lucky enough to have air con) but we can’t change it, so we have to learn to cope. This goes for any kind of unpleasant circumstances in business. ‘With great power, comes great […]

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Do You Have Presence? Boosting Your Business Networking

If there’s one truly valuable skill in the world of business, it’s the ability to network. Chances are, a large percentage of the people reading this met me through networking originally. We may be in an age of social media marketing, but networking face-to-face is still an incredibly powerful tool … and you should still […]

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It’s Not the Flow, But You’ve Got to Go With It

A business isn’t something you can just wing. It takes careful planning to succeed. Yet despite your very best efforts, business and life will throw curveballs at you. They’ll throw you off course and try to pull you down. You’ve got to roll with these punches, adapt and mobilise because it’s how you react to […]

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How Much Are You Worth And Are You Charging It?

If you read my article last month, you’ll be aware that it was written amongst the build up to our wedding and my stag – do, the location of which was a mystery at that point.  I eventually found out amongst various shenanigans that the trip was to be to Budapest.  This surfaced about 40 […]

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